Kansas City Kenyans unite following Westgate attack

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- The Westgate attack in Nairobi, Kenya has affected people from all over the world -- dozens dead -- many of them women and children, and those who have claimed responsibility hail from many difference countries -- including a report that one terrorist is from in Kansas City.

"Can you believe that? Kansas City. It is so scary, I mean what are we breading here?" Faith Langat said. "I mean what's happening? Do I look at the other person and say what activities are they brewing to take up something like that from Kansas City where I live to the country that I am from? That connection is just so confusing."

It's a fact that a local retired FBI agent says is troubling, but not shocking.

"They will be doing something locally because this could be a serious matter if in fact we have an American who was radicalized and traveled overseas to engage in terrorist activities," said Michael Tabman.

Tabman says in his time with the FBI in Kansas City, intelligence was kept on a small local Al-Shabaab group.

"It shouldn't shock us," he said. "It may trouble us that we know there is radicalization of Americans but it shouldn't shock us, we've seen it before."

But he also says Kansas Citians should not fear for their safety.

"There's no indication that they are operating or planning terrorist attacks within the United States homeland," he said. "There's no indication, or at least there hasn't been that I'm aware of."

At New Century Imports, a local African food market in Overland Park, people from Nigeria, Kenya and Togo are concerned for family and friends back home.

"You can imagine someone coming from Somali, a war-torn country with all the tragedies and these children are born in this country and somehow they find something within them that tells them, go back to the crazy country that their parents ran away from and find harm in the next country," said Manoah Korir, president of the Kenyan Community in Kansas City.

But they too are quick to point out that this was a single act of terrorism that is only bringing the Kenyan community together.

"I can't say all Muslims, I can't say all Somalis are evil," said Irene Mumbi Kagiri, owner of New Century Imports. "It's just that one person who decided that that's the choice (they're) going to make. Personally, I don't judge you because your brothers and sisters have done something wrong to my brothers and sisters."

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